In 2016 over 40 stakeholder organizations began to talk about the power that purchasing has to make meaningful changes for communities impacted by the industrial food system. Early on some initial research was done by Pete Huff (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy/IATP), Claire Stoscheck, a graduate student, and Food Justice Organizers Zoe Hollomon and Dylan Bradford-Kesti, looking at the Good Food Purchasing model and learning more about institutional food procurement locally. In November 2016 our coalition was formed, including the Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary Wellness Services, which has since taken its second procurement assessment, and is working with the coalition and national partners to implement the Good Food Purchasing Standards and values at the district level.
In 2018 and 2019 we learned more about how the industrial food system has and continues to impact our communities in meat packing plants, on small farms, in rural and urban communities, through teach-ins and farmer listening sessions. We began using a teaching tool, a timeline of food system policies from the 1400’s-2000’s, to highlight areas of policy that need investment and action in order to create greater equity in our food system. We’ve adopted a racial equity framework, calling for reparative investments for communities of color to access to land, nutritious food, cultural food practices, political representation and wealth-building opportunities.
In 2020, we’re collaborating with the Midwest Farmers of Color for Racial Justice Collective, and local worker, environmental justice and community health partners, in our commitment to transform, not just tweak, our food system. With our coalition and support from our national partners we’re working to make healthy, fair, local, sustainable, and humane food the regular choice, one institution at a time. Interested in contacting us? Email our Coalition Organizer, Zoe Hollomon, at email@example.com